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An early jump on Sarah’s Food Drive

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In what is rapidly turning into a year-round fundraising drive, Sarah’s Food Drive is off to an early start this year. Thanks to everyone who came to Claire’s birthday party, and donated items of food. We raised 74 pounds of food and $60 towards Sarah’s Food Drive’s 2015 goal. Look for more fundraising updates and initiatives coming Spring 2015!

Local Business Challenge Results Are In!

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Thanks to the combined efforts of our fantastic local business partners this year, we are happy to announce that almost 250 Thanksgiving holiday hampers were purchased for clients of the Daily Bread Food Bank.

When you add that to the online donations from local businesses (raised through promotional events, employee challenges or direct donations), participating businesses raised approximately 10,000 pounds of food for Daily Bread Food Bank.

The Local Business Challenge Results

Team East – $2,850

Team West – $6,750

Congratulations to Team West!

Thanks to all of you for your enthusiasm and support and we look forward to having you on board again as participants in the Local Business Challenge next year.

Mark, Lynda, Sarah and Claire

Leaside Business Challenge

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This year, Sarah’s Food Drive has added something new, building on the success of the 3 year-old School Challenge. Local Leaside businesses have been challenged to participate this year in the Leaside Business Challenge.

Businesses have been divided into 2 teams: Team East and Team West.

On Team East, we have:

  • Against The Grain Urban Tavern
  • Carol Wrigley (Royal Lepage, Signature Realty)
  • Direct Repair
  • Grilltime
  • Humphrey-Miles Funeral Home
  • Leaside Dentistry
  • Parkway Honda
  • Pawsitively Pets
  • Sheree Cerqua (Royal Lepage, Signature Realty)
  • The Cailey Heaps Estrin realty team
  • The Leaside Pub
  • Wiseys Pies

On Team West, we have:

  • Bonnie Byford Realty
  • Bosley Real Estate
  • Charlene Kalia
  • Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited
  • Karen Brinkhof (Re/Max Realtor)
  • McDowell’s valu-mart
  • McSorleys Wonderful Saloon
  • Midtown Orthodontics
  • Patrick Rocca
  • Re/Max Hallmark Realty
  • Sport Clips
  • The Smokin’ Cigar

Thanks to all of our generous local partners this year.

Good luck to both teams!

Mark (Sarah’s dad)

Sarah is 2014 Me to We award winner for Youth in Action, 12 and under

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Sarah's Food Drive Canadian Living Photo Shoot - shot 2 (magazine article shot)

We are thrilled to announce that Sarah has been recognized for her work on Sarah’s Food Drive with the 2014 Me to We Award in the Youth in Action, 12 and under category. She accepted her award today at We Day Toronto, alongside the 5 other 2014 Me to We award winners.

While Sarah accepted this award personally, this recognition is the result of the tireless work of so many in our community, and the tremendous support of friends and family over the past 6 years.

Sarah shares this award with them.

Here’s to another successful year!

Sarah’s 2014 Food Drive runs until Thanksgiving weekend (October 12th).

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Mark (Sarah’s dad)

Sarah’s Food Drive at Leaside Rotary Corn Roast

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The rain stopped and the clouds parted just in time for a spectacular afternoon at Trace Manes Park this past Sunday, September 21st. Thanks to the Leaside Rotary Club, Sarah’s Food Drive had a table at this year’s 21st annual corn roast. It was a great way for Sarah and Claire to spread awareness of this year’s drive which starts this coming Saturday, September 27th and runs until October 12th.
We collected food donations, cash donations as well as selling Thanksgiving holiday hampers, which will continue to be for sale at McDowell’s valu-mart for $25 until October 10th.
Premier Kathleen Wynne also paid a visit to Sarah’s Food Drive and made a personal donation to this year’s campaign!
The food drive officially kicks off this Saturday.
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Mark (Sarah’s dad)

Sarah & Claire Recognized as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

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AFP Toronto logo

We are thrilled to announce that the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter has recognized Sarah and Claire as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy.

The AFP Philanthropy Awards recognize leadership in philanthropy. Sarah and Claire were nominated by the Daily Bread Food Bank. An honour to have been nominated. Truly an honour to have been selected.

The 2014 AFP Philanthropy Award recipients, including Sarah and Claire, will be honoured at the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 26th.

You can read more here:

Mark (Sarah’s dad)

Sarah’s 7th Annual Food Drive!

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Sarah sitting on a mountain of cans at the Daily Bread Food BankWith the first week of school behind us, Sarah’s Food Drive is once again just around the corner. Here are a few key dates, and Sarah and Claire’s goal for this year’s drive.

This year’s food drive will run from September 27th to October 12th

Starting September 27th, you will once again be able to drop off food at McDowell’s valu-mart at 1500 Bayview Avenue. McDowell’s valu-mart will also be hosting a BBQ on Saturday, October 11th.

The school challenge will run from October 6th to October 10th. This year, there are 13 schools involved in this year’s Battle of Bayview (East vs West).

Sarah and Claire’s goal this year is to raise 70,000 pounds of food. They will need the help of everyone in our community to help make this happen!

Look for updates in the coming weeks.

Mark, Lynda, Sarah and Claire

Sarah nominated for 2014 MeToWe Award!

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Sarah Fighting Hunger photo

We have some exciting news to share! Sarah has been nominated for the Canadian Living Me to We Awards in the Youth in Action Category (under 12 category). She is one of only 3 nominees from across the country. We are thrilled that Sarah and her work with Sarah’s Food Drive have been recognized!

The winner will be decided by online vote. Voting is open from May 27th until June 6th. The winner will win $3,000 for their charity of choice.

This would be such a great way to kick off Sarah’s 7th Annual Food Drive…and much needed money for the Daily Bread Food Bank, especially at this time of year.

Please click on the link below and vote for Sarah! It only takes a minute to do! Sarah is in the YOUTH in ACTION (under 12 category).
MeToWe Awards

Once you have voted, please forward it to your friends and family and encourage them to vote and share it with their friends. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

The success of the food drive has always been through the strong support of the community and the School Challenge. We want to thank each of you for your time, your vote and your continued support of this cause.

Best regards,

Sarah, Claire, Lynda and Mark

We raised 60,995 pounds! Thank you!

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The final numbers are in, and we are thrilled to announce that this year, we raised a total of 60,995 pounds of food for The Daily Bread Food Bank!

We exceeded our target of 24,000 pounds by over 150%! An amazing result that couldn’t have happened without the involvement of so many people.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that have been involved in Sarah’s 6th Annual Food Drive.

Many thanks to all of the students, teachers, daycares, administrators and families who took part in the Battle of Bayview School Challenge.

Thanks to all of our neighbours and friends who dropped off food at our home or at Tremblett’s Valu-Mart or made a donation online.

Thanks to our corporate friends; Kraft Canada, Neal Brothers Foods and Nutshell Live Life Well for their extremely generous donations.

Thanks to Premier Kathleen Wynne for her support of the campaign and of the School Challenge.

Thanks to all those who bought Thanksgiving holiday hampers, all of which have been distributed to 160 GTA families in need, who had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal because of your generosity.

Many thanks to Tremblett’s Valu-Mart and their entire staff, who, along with Patrick Rocca of Bosley Real Estate, hosted an amazing BBQ celebration for all of the students involved in the food drive.

Thanks to Jon Burnside, The Toronto Police and Toronto Fire Departments and to Academic Ads for their support during the community BBQ.

Thanks to Davidson’s Valu-Mart, our newest community drop-off location.

Thanks to Jen Ego and Pawsitively Pets for their support and promotion of this year’s campaign.

Thanks to so many of you for sharing your individual stories about how the food drive has impacted your home.

Thanks to our friends at The Daily Bread Food Bank for their help and support.

And last but not least, thanks to Rob and Jessi Tremblett for their amazing community support for the food drive. We are so lucky to have you as partners and to have your business in our neighbourhood.

Time to reflect on what we as a community have achieved this year.

See you next year!

Mark (Sarah’s dad)